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The Wounded Child

thich nhat han

The wounded child is also in each cell of our body. There is no cell of our body that does not have that wounded child in it. We don’t have to look far into the past for that child. We only have to look deeply and we can be in touch with him. The suffering of that wounded child is lying inside us right now in the present moment.

But just as the suffering is present in every cell of our body, so are the seeds of awakened understanding and happiness handed down to us from our ancestors. We just have to use them. We have a lamp inside us, the lamp of mindfulness, which we can light anytime. The oil of that lamp is our breathing, our steps, and our peaceful smile. We have to light up that lamp of mindfulness so the light will shine out and the darkness will dissipate and cease. Our practice is to light up the lamp…

~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

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The Most Important Aspect of Love

heart in clouds

“The most important aspect of love is not in giving or the receiving: it’s in the being. When I need love from others, or need to give love to others, I’m caught in an unstable situation. Being in love, rather than giving or taking love, is the only thing that provides stability. Being in love means seeing the Beloved all around me.”

-Ram Dass-

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Is A Problem to Solve…Or Evolve?

evolve yourself

Each of us will have challenges that appear as problems to be solved rather than as opportunities for us to evolve. All of our challenges are ultimately opportunities for us to reconnect ourselves with our mission here, and they come to us in different ways. What are your opportunities? – Debbie Ford

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May 29 – Create Something

being an artist

“Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”

 

–Kurt Vonnegut

 

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer. His works such as Cat’s Cradle (1963), Slaughterhouse-Five(1969), and Breakfast of Champions (1973) blend satire, gallows humor, and science fiction. As a citizen he was a lifelong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union and a critical pacifist intellectual. He was known for his humanist beliefs and was honorary president of the American Humanist Association.

 

 

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May 27 – The Everything Not Me

self love

“At root, there is simply no way of separating self from other, self-love from other-love. All knowledge of self is knowledge of other, and all knowledge of other knowledge of self. I begin to see that self and other, the familiar and the strange, the internal and the external, the predictable and the unpredictable imply each other. In the features of everything foreign… and remote I begin to recognize myself. Yet this is a “myself” which I seem to be remembering from long, long ago— not at all my empirical ego of yesterday, not my specious personality.

The “myself” which I am beginning to recognize, which I had forgotten but actually know better than anything else, goes far back beyond my childhood, beyond the time when adults confused me and tried to tell me that I was someone else.. Long before all that, long before I was an embryo in my mother’s womb, there looms the ever-so-familiar stranger, the Everything Not Me, which I recognize, with a joy immeasurably more intense than a meeting of lovers separated by centuries, to be my Original Self.”

~Alan Watts
A Joyous Cosmology

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